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Buying Antiques [Jul. 23rd, 2006|09:12 am]
Tony Grist
We went and collected our mid-20th century display cabinet from the shop in Marple. We don't have anywhere to put it yet because the front living room, where it will eventually stand, has only half a floor, but we said, when we bought it, we'd collect it in three weeks time so we did.

The shop lady was saying this other couple were mad to buy it but she told them it was ours and they couldn't have it so they had to be satisfied with another piece of hers- less chunky, less utility, less Orwellian-honest. This made me feel all warm and smug. I'm a man of taste with an eye for a bargain. Heh-heh-heh!

While we were there we bought an art deco mirror with a green glass surround. Another object of beauty, another bargain. I love Deco. It's a taste I share with Hercule Poirot. 

If I had a better idea of what I was doing I'd buy English blue and white crockery, but I don't so I won't.

And now that I've said I won't, I probably will. The thing is we've got nothing to display in our display cabinet- unless, of course, we fill it with books. But a nice display of blue and white- wouldn't that be pretty?

[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2006-07-23 01:00 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-23 06:52 pm (UTC)
Yes- once they're in place. Right now the whole house is in chaos.
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[User Picture]From: sommeilbienivre
2006-07-23 02:41 pm (UTC)
If you need help with identifying good pieces of transferware etc, both daddy (vicarchori) and I will be happy to help. My grandmother collects and sells transferware, and we've both been raised in antique shops, picking up dishes and examining the details, exclaiming at the stamps on the back. So if you find a piece you like, I'm sure we'd both be happy to answer any questions you might have.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-23 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you, that's really kind of you.

Once we're done with all this upheaval I think I might start haunting antique shops (and auctions maybe). This house is full of stuff I don't really like and the temptation to replace it with stuff I do like is growing on me.
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[User Picture]From: shewhomust
2006-07-23 07:00 pm (UTC)
Well, that's why II want a display cabinet! My mother's blue and white is still in boxes, and the house feels cluttered. (We eat off my father's, when we have guests).
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-24 08:43 pm (UTC)
We don't have any blue and white. It's a situation that demands to be rectified...
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[User Picture]From: jackiejj
2006-07-24 08:39 pm (UTC)
Ah, yes, Art Deco: Have you seen the film Metropolis? How I love that movie...

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-07-24 08:41 pm (UTC)
A long, long time ago....
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